Fabulously Frugal Fall Family Activities

Fall outings with your family don’t have to be expensive. Check a few of these fall family activities off your bucket list and save money while having fun!

Fabulously Frugal Fall Family Activities

Fall is my favorite time of the year to spend time outside doing fun things with my family. The cooler temperatures make me want to spend more time outdoors. There are so many local activities that happen during the fall season, so it’s not hard to find something to do. I love all of the frugal fall family activities that are going on so I can have a good time without having to worry about going broke.

If you’re trying to save money or get out of debt, then you know how important it is to entertain for cheap. You don’t have to stay home and “hate like” all the other families enjoying their fall activities on Instagram just because you don’t think you have enough money. Just pick some items from this frugal fall family activity list and add them to your fall bucket list. Then get out there and soak up the crisp fall air and sunshine!

Fall Family Activities on a Budget

Apple Picking - fall family activities
  • Go apple picking.
  • Make apple pie.
  • Make caramel apples.
  • Make apple cider.
  • Make apple butter.
  • Go on a hayride.
Go on a hay ride - fall family activities
  • Declutter your home to make room for new Christmas stuff
  • Have a yard sale (make money from all that decluttering)
  • Have a bake sale with fresh fall baked goods
  • Take fall family pictures
  • Start working on handmade Christmas gifts
  • Have a bonfire and make S’mores
Make S'mores - fall family activities
  • Visit a pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin
  • Go tailgating
  • Camp out in your backyard
  • Grab some books and blankets and head to the local park
  • Check your community calendar for Fall activities
  • Make a huge pile of leaves and jump in them
Jump in a leaf pile - fall family activities
  • Go for a scenic road trip
  • Go on a hike
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Go to a local high school’s home football game
  • Make a fall leaf journal
  • Shop at the local Farmer’s Market
Shop the Farmer's Market

Doesn’t this list of frugal fall family activities sound like so much fun? What is on your fall bucket list this year?

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51 thoughts on “Fabulously Frugal Fall Family Activities”

  1. Funny that we’ve I’ve lived here in the Midwest for 13 years and my wife for 5 years and we still haven’t been to an apple orchard. Maybe we’ll do that this year! Thanks Michelle! You are a southern girl at heart, and I am a southern boy misplaced in the Midwest! Ha ;-)))

    1. I love changing my closet over to fall/winter clothes. I don’t have a lot of summer clothes so I can’t wait to pull out the sweaters and sweatshirts. πŸ˜€ (WP has been giving me a lot of issues lately. I have to refresh the page of almost every blog I visit because it says I’m not following until I refresh the page. Weird.)

  2. This is such a great list! I usually visit a pumpkin patch and I’d love to see a corn maze at some point.

    Honestly, I’m really looking forward to seeing some haunted houses!

  3. Some of these are frugal in our area but some are pretty expensive. Apple picking is somewhat expensive because of how much they cause by the basket. Going to pumpkin farms cost us some $100 between rides and pumpkins and snacks and…you get the idea. Still, some really great ideas on this list for my favorite season.

    1. I get it. We always go to the same farm every year because they are the least expensive and we get a free pumpkin at the end. We avoid the snacks (although I’m always wanting a grilled hot dog!!) and grab lunch at a nearby restaurant. Hopefully you can find something not so expensive nearby. Or start your own and charge people to come over! πŸ˜€

  4. What a great post Michelle. I love all the activities you shared with us. I want my family to do some of these things this Fall. Thanks for sharing. Happy Fall season!

  5. Oh the joy in my heart! I can not even begin to tell you how happy I am, just like you, that Fall temperatures are finally trying to arrive! THANK YOU LORD! That whole summer season sadness thing hit me hard. It was just so terribly hot & humid – I felt like I needed to crawl away in a hole somewhere and hibernate until cooler weather. ? You too?

    I love these ideas and I love the photos. They warmed my heart just seeing some of the fun activities you and your family have done. To me, one of the most relaxing activities is a cool, crisp night with a bonfire going. Hearing the faint crackle of the fire, feeling the warmth..ahhh. I feel more relaxed right now just thinking about it! C’mon over, we’ll fire it up!

    I love that you are reminding people they don’t have to break the bank just to have fun. That is such a misconception people have. More often than not, the simpler things are the most fun. And you’re not stressing about how much you’ve spent to do it which makes it all the more fun in my book! Brilliant post Michelle. You have a way with words and ideas that no one else can match πŸ™‚

    1. I agree! I was so disappointed when we had a few cool days and then the heat and humidity returned. Ugh!!

      What is it about a crackling fire that is so relaxing? I love that sound along with the smell and the warmth. Sounds like a plan! I’ll be right there! πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much! You are so sweet. πŸ˜€ I always feel like if I can find things to do that are free or cheap, then I can do more things! πŸ˜€

      1. I know! I feel the same way. Today here has been terribly hot and humid. I try to put on a happy face, but God knows I’m anything but happy with this weather πŸ˜€ Oh well. Trying counts, right? lol

        I have often wondered what it is about a crackling fire too that is so mesmerizing. I feel the same way about chilly nights and a soft blanket. There is just a magical quality about certain combinations. All of them with a theme of cooler weather of course!

        And we are in total agreement about feeling freer to do more things if you’ve been able to do everything else reasonably priced. Bill and I are such homebodies but it’s nice to do activities that bring couples and/or families closer together. Heaven knows we need that!

      1. That’s so very true, my sister! Reminds me of what Jesus asked, “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” The truly precious elements are not physical — it’s the togetherness and love, which can be enjoyed in so many inexpensive ways!

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